New Greek HiT

Despite success in improving the health of the population, the Greek health care system faces serious structural problems concerning the organization, financing and delivery of services. It suffers from the absence of cost-containment measures and the high percentage of private expenditure goes against the principles of fair financing and equity.

Efficiency is also in question due to the lack of incentives to improve performance in the public sector. In addition, the oversupply of physicians, the absence of a referral system and irrational pricing and reimbursement policies are the factors encouraging under-the-table payments and the black economy. These shortcomings result in low satisfaction with the health care system expressed by citizens.